There are so many tents on the market, how do you choose? When I was first introduced to the climbers who work at Slingfin Tents, I knew nothing about them, but was open to testing them at our Chicks Indian Creek clinic in April.
My first impression was the workmanship in these tents. We had three small tents, each a different size and design: LFD (our basecamp dining tent), the CrossBow 2 Mesh, 2LiteTrek, and the 2Lite. What all three shared in common was evidence of optimization of strength and minimization of weight, even in the smallest details. For example, the guy lines were the small accessory cord made by a rope company.
I also liked the features such as the two doors on the sides, because they are larger and easier to get out of than doors on the ends. The shape of the tents allow more room at one end of the tent so you can sit at the end and cook, which is more practical than the center being higher in a small tent. The set-up was easy and intuitive.
Finally, I was stoked on their customer service. Slingfin went out of their way to get us tents for our event. There was tight turn-around after their last demo and they sent three tents plus a large dining tent Fed-Ex overnight. When I asked about the purpose of a few features, like the small rings in the inside corner of the tents, I received an email explaining how that was part of the tensioning system in high winds, left over from their mountaineering heritage. Its nice to know there are still a few companies in which everyone, including management, are avid climbers and users themselves.